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Spring Training Gameday Thread, #22: 3/15 @ Angels

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Beware the Ides of March

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I hate the way the D-backs line-up Tweets are formatted. When it first loaded, for a moment there, I seriously thought that Nick Ahmed was playing first-base. Hmm. maybe that’s an idea for Rob Manfred if he wants to revive interest in the game: teams submit a roster of eight players, and their positions are determined by random drawing just prior to game-time. I’m sure the prospect of Jake Lamb catching would bring people flocking to the ball-park...

In case you missed it being mentioned in the Snake Bytes comments, the D-backs made some more roster cuts this morning.

Optioned to Triple-A Reno:

  • RHP Joey Krehbiel
  • RHP Jimmie Sherfy

Reassigned to Minor League camp:

  • OF Andrew Aplin
  • C Tyler Heineman
  • OF Rob Refsnyder

The Sherfy move is probably the first genuine surprise cut so far, given his ERA of exactly 1.00 over his first 26 major-league appearances. That said, his fielding-independent figure was far higher (3.27), though even this is still by no means bad. However, he has looked “off” this spring, and only Merrill Kelly + Nick Green have walked more people. With an option left, sending him to Reno was always a possibility. I think he may end up taking over the role occupied last season by Bus-pass Bracho, and getting used for taxi squad purposes, as and when needed this year.

Merrill Kelly starts for Arizona, and will be hoping to build on a third start which was considerably better than the first two. Fingers crossed those early outings were just part of the process of transitioning from the KBO to the major-leagues. This game is on Fox Sports Arizona, so we’ll be able to see him in action.